Interviews have always been dreadful as it not only test an individual's knowledge, but also test a person's ability to use right knowledge at the right place. It was found in a research that-- no matter how experienced one is but approximately 80% of candidates suffer from Interview phobia.
Interview scenario may differ from person-to-person depending upon his/her experience & expertise, but there are a few simple, yet really helpful tips that help you combat nerve racking interview situation.
1. Stop Fearing Rejection:
If you are looking for a job, then before considering any of the facet like- your skills, type of job or organization you are looking for, personal grooming etc., just overcome your fear of rejection. Simply by accepting the fact that this is just an interview, but not an end to professional journey could help one stay calm & positive throughout the interview process.
2. Know Yourself & Your Skills
Yes! It is very important to well understand yourself, your skills, your qualities, your expert areas and how well you can serve an organization. Accordingly, looking for a job profile that well-suit your interest and qualification will automatically smoothen your course of interview.
3. Never Exaggerate Your CV
Thinking of fabricating your CV to impress the interviewer? No, never ever fabricate your CV as the interviewer who has been interviewing hundred of candidates is more smart & will easily find out the fudge, creating a blunder for you. So, always be honest.
4. Be Well-Presentable
The first impression is the last impression. So always dress in formal attire for an interview, get in the interview room with a slight smile on your face and be confident. Also, always remember to follow basic etiquette, for example- always ask permission for entering the room, wait a few seconds to be invited to sit down and more.
Always arrive early to the interview venue as punctuality is something that not only helps you through the interview, but is advantageous if practiced in everyday life. Furthermore arriving interview venue 15 minutes early can help you settle down and relax.
6. Research the Company Before Interview
Career experts always suggest to research a company before you head in for an interview. Prior investigation of an organization will automatically raise your bar high as you will be familiar with requisite company details like its products, competitors etc.
7. Prepare Probable Questions Beforehand
Jot-down the list of probable questions & their answers, and rehearse answers well before heading for an interview. If needed ask for help from experienced friends. Trust me (sharing this from experience) serious execution of this exercise can help you find answers for most of the Questions.
8. Never Ever Argue with Interviewer
Whether you are trying to justify your point or anything like that, it is advisable to never ever step into any kind of argument with Interviewer during interview. Always remember to be precise with answers, as it will also keep you away from an argument. In case you don't know any answer, simply say "I don't know".
9. Salary Struggle
When it comes to salary, demand for realistic hike considering your experience and industry benchmark. In case of freshmen kindly do your homework well before requesting salary.
10. Conclude on a Positive Note
No matter how hard the interview episode has been, make sure to conclude on a positive & cordial note.